Ariyike Akinbobola (nee Lawal): Beyond Just an Award Winning Media Personality
Ariyike Akinbobola (nee Lawal) is a mother, trained lawyer, humanitarian and compère. She is widely known as an award winning Nigerian media personality, TV presenter and associate producer for Spice TV Africa. Spice TV Africa is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle channel on DSTV 192. Ariyike currently hosts the TV channel’s popular talk show ‘On the Couch’ which airs on Wednesdays at 10.30pm and the luxury gadget show ‘Spice Toys’ which airs on Fridays at 4.30pm and 11.00pm. Ariyike is also a writer where she has her “Ariyike Writes” segment on Bellanaija and runs her personal blog, www.reflectionswithariyike.blogspot.com including a Youtube channel known as Ariyike Weekly. She is set to publish her first book before the end of October 2014.
The book addresses social issues such as cyber bullying, child sexual abuse, rape and depression. It is a known fact that the modern day society is plagued with many social problems which affects a considerable number of individuals either directly or indirectly. Ariyike decided to write a book on how to deal with some of these issues so that people can rise above these problems and be hopeful despite the odds. As an events compère, Ariyike has hosted a number of events along with weddings and private parties. She has interviewed celebrities both in Nigeria and internationally. She co-hosted the first and second edition of the biggest countdown concert in Africa known as Lagos Countdown concert organised by Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA) and the Lagos State Government.
She also hosted the red carpet at the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce Presidential Ball where she interviewed British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock and the Eventi Cocktail Weekend. She is actively involved in charity work and organises Christmas parties for orphans and the less privileged annually. During this event, she provides charity organisations with donations from family, friends and brands.
Later this year, her online charity store on www.kaymu.com.ng would kick off where clothes, foot wears and accessories can be purchased at a discounted rate. Donations from fashion designers, celebrities as well as clothes worn by Ariyike would be sold for as low as 500 naira. Proceeds from the sale would be used to plan this year’s charity Christmas party and donated to charities that attend. As her own way of giving back to the society, She organizes a monthly event every first Wednesday of the month called “Best of Both Worlds” networking event (BOBW) where she gives upcoming fashion designers, artists, poets, comedians, writers, media personalities and entertainers the opportunity to showcase their talent and she also supports and creates awareness for one charitable organisation at every edition of BOBW.
She has also partnered with Pink Heritage company where they went to International school Lagos to talk to young girls to create awareness for sexual abuse in teenage girls. In September 2013, she partnered with Vocal Slender’s Back to school project to donate school bags and school supplies to over 500 Ajegunle children who were going back to school. Based on these humanitarian acts, she was nominated for International Humanitarian of the year at the Women 4 Africa Awards held in London. Follow Ariyike Akinbobola on Twitter and Instagram: @LadyAriyike Credits Location: Kudeta Lounge, Mega Plaza, V.I Pictures: Kola Oshalusi for Insignia media Assistant Photographer: Ebenezer for Insignia Media Accessories: Butterfly Jewellery Nigeria Stylist: Laide of LD designs Make up: Maureen for Bronzy Pro Make up Clothes pulled from: Kiki Kamanu, Ariyike’s online charity store Hair: Tys Beauty factory, Atlanta. Shoes: Nude shoes from Giuseppe Zannoti Assistant on set: Funmi Kotogbe